In addition to being a trainer for Turpin, I’ve spent many years teaching communication to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. In the course of teaching...read more
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Your Business Communication Motto: Make it Easy!
June 7, 2023
May 24, 2023
A wise learner once said, “Sometimes you just have to shift gears.” This advice came from a leader participating in a presentation skills workshop with...read more
Anyone Can Be More Effective with Time
May 3, 2023
We learn a lot from the people we work with. Recently, on the last day of a workshop, one of our learners said that the...read more
Be Yourself—Even If It’s Awkward
April 19, 2023
The Turpin tagline—Find your focus. Be yourself. Only better.—is really simple, and we’ve been using it for years. But we keep finding new resonance in...read more
Is Nervousness Limiting Your Career?
April 17, 2023
For some business presenters, nervousness is a temporary condition. When they’ve moved past the first few minutes, their nerves seem to float away. For other...read more
4 Things Nervous, Over-Preparing Presenters Can Do to Calm Down and Engage
April 14, 2023
I recently delivered a workshop for eight very nervous presenters. They were a great group and talked very frankly about their worries and concerns about...read more
Communication Training Vendor Checklist
March 29, 2023
Conducting research and comparing communication training vendors – especially those who focus on human “soft” skills – can be a challenge. There’s very little common...read more
The Art and Science of Facilitation
March 13, 2023
In recent posts, we’ve talked a lot about what to do when you’re the central speaker in a business situation. But there’s another role you...read more
Increase Persuasion with a Benefits-First Approach
March 11, 2023
Not long ago, we were working with a group of highly technical professionals who had recently moved into a sales role. While these folks are...read more
Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
March 9, 2023
You may have heard the adage that people fear public speaking more than death. In their 2012 study,¹ Karen Kangas Dwyer and Marlina M. Davidson proved...read more